Arts

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Visiting professor teaches culture through film

By Amanda Weber weberama@grinnell This semester, the Grinnell College Russian department is running a course on the history of Russian film. The course is being co-taught by Department Chair Professor Todd Armstrong and Visiting Professor Galina Aksenova. Aksenova is a Russian film historian, theater critic and teacher. This is not her first time at Grinnell,…

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Behind the scenes in the scene shop

By Hallela Hinton-Williams hintonwi@grinnell Director of the scene shop Erik Sanning ’89 got his start with an Introduction to Design class. “When I was a student here, I took Introduction to Stage Craft, now Design. The staff and faculty of the scene shop needed help and were willing to pay us. At the end of…

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MikeQ and Chynna to bang at Gardner

By Kelly Page pagekell@grinnell This Saturday, Sept. 23 at 9 p.m. is the time to let your body move to the music and vogue. In Gardner Lounge, ballroom producer MikeQ and rapper Chynna Rogers will perform a show that can be deemed unique even by Grinnell Concerts standards. If you’ve ever seen the 1990 documentary…

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“Shelf Life” opens at Smith Gallery

By Mayo Sueta suetamay@grinnell This week Smith Gallery is presenting “Shelf Life,” an exhibit by Charlotte Richardson-Deppe and Anne Rogers, both ’19. The gallery has been transformed into a grocery store-like space with handmade shelves and hooks that display 282 plastic objects, all wrapped up in handmade paper. The plastic objects range from prescriptions bottles…

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Grinnell Artists: Madeleine Brand-LaBarge ’18

By Lily Bohlke bohlkeli@grinnell.edu “How much is this gonna hurt?” asked Manan Pradhan ’20 before Madeleine Brand-LaBarge ’18 began tattooing the words “Gimme Shelter” on his arm, his first tattoo. “People wouldn’t do it if it was unbearable. But you will go numb at a certain point,” Brand-LaBarge said. “You’ll feel the pain, and as…

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Baker and Tarpaga dance project perform and participate on campus

By Caryn McKechnie mchechni@grinnell.edu The lights dimmed, prompting the audience’s muttering and shuffling to cease. Among the audience, I awaited the start of “Declassified Memory Fragment,” suspended in the silence and the darkness. Three panels at the back of the Flanagan Theater were then illuminated, showing the silhouette of a man on his knees with…

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Burling holds student curated CBS exhibit

By Saiham Sharif sharifsa@grinnell.edu The Concerned Black Students (CBS) exhibit curated by Erik Henderson ’19 is now on display by the Special Collections Archive in the basement of Burling Library. The exhibit features historical documents about Black student life at Grinnell, stretching as far back as the 1850s. One of the earliest documents is a…

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Smith Gallery displays Grinnellian collaboration

Hallela Hinton-Williams hintonwi@grinnell.edu For the past two weeks, Grinnell’s Smith Gallery has been displaying the art of Joe Lacina. With four pieces guiding the exhibit and providing a preview into his work, Lacina entertains many aesthetics through his art.  “I’ve been toying with sports art — art that uses imagery from sports and pop culture…

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Spotlight on Burling basement’s art spaces

Amanda Weber weberama@grinnell.edu Across campus, artistic works can be found in study areas, lounges and bathrooms — pieces sketched out over months or spur of the moment doodles in Sharpie. Each work is unique, and so is each arrangement, yet there are few exhibitions so eclectic as the pieces in the basement of the Burling…

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Renowned author Yvonne Owuor teaches “Literary Tourism”

Clara Larson larsoncl@grinnell.edu Yvonne Owuor, a renowned author from Kenya and recipient of the Caine Prize for African Writing and Eve Magazine in Kenya’s “Woman of the Year” in 2004, has found herself teaching a course this semester at Grinnell entitled “Literary Tourism” through the international writing program and the University of Iowa. “I was…